Fencing record set down to the wire

GERALD PIDDOCK
Last updated 08:45 04/02/2014
Taupo fencer Blair Eade competing in the speed fencing challenge at the Grasslandz Expo near Eureka.
CHRIS HILLOCK/Fairfax NZ
NAILED IT: Taupo fencer Blair Eade competing in the speed fencing challenge at the Grasslandz Expo near Eureka. He and partner Rex Graham (not pictured) posted a time of 20 min and 13 seconds.

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Two Taumarunui fencers blitzed the field at the Grasslandz Expo's inaugural speed fencing challenge to set a new world record for erecting 30 battens on a nine-wire fence.

Event organisers were now waiting for ratification from Guinness World Records that Taumarunui pair Bill Brewer and Simon Green's time of 11 minutes and 38 seconds was an official record.

Fairbrother Industries sales manager Ken Lawson said that process could take about six weeks.

The challenge had two teams of two people competing against each other every hour throughout the expo.

The record-breaking time was really fast, Lawson said.

"The next fastest time was 14 and 15 minutes. There's a big gap in that three minute difference," Lawson said.

Brewer was a fencing contractor and Green was a former fencer and now worked as a farm manager.

Lawson was pleased at the success of the event. It attracted 10 teams from all over the North Island and drew a great crowd at the expo, which took place late last week at Eureka in the Waikato.

It attracted fencing contractors as well as young farmers that do not enter formal fencing competitions.

The event was judged by two highly experienced fencers and fencing competition judges, Wayne Newdick and Nick Liefting, who monitored for quality standards.

Contestants had to add another batten for each nine faults found.

Lawson said they were now looking at taking the concept to field days and A&P shows around New Zealand.

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- Waikato Times

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